Corne Uys and David de Villiers will miss Friday’s match against the Leopards due to flu.
Keo.co.za reported on Wednesday that Uys, De Villiers and hooker Adriaan Strauss were all doubtful because of illness. All three were later named in the starting XV, but on Thursday the Cheetahs’ coaching staff made the call to exclude Uys and De Villiers.
Robert Ebersohn moves to No 12 as a result with JW Jonker brought in at outside centre. Nico Breedt will wear the No 5 jersey while Izak van der Westhuizen is given a start.
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Francois Uys, 7 Frans Viljoen, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Nico Breedt, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Richardt Strauss, 17 Jean Botha, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Lucas Floors, 20 Tertius Carse, 21 Louis Strydom, 22 Phillip Snyman.